The version I posted doubles down even more on engineering in a way the MVAE did to the adv escort.
Stats are more or less exactly the same as the current fleet escort, except:
- The 2 engineering bridge officers are merged into 1 LT Commander station, Science becomes an Ensign station and you get a universal ensign station in addition.
I can see no good reason to make a +1 version of it. Its current popularity is probably due to the fact that it is "free" and it is possibly the toughest escort in the game. Making a +1 Prometheus made a lot of sense because it was a canon ship and people were willing to pay for the gimmick they saw on screen.
The fleet escort by contrast is not canon and is a fantastic ship the way it is. If Cryptic is going to slap +1 on an existing ship, I want to see them do the treatment for the Sovereign and the Akira. I do not want to see any more Cryptic-designed ships in the c-store until every canon ship is in there.